ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has admitted the next few weeks could prove very demanding for the Lichties.
Tomorrow (Saturday) his side will face Angus rivals Brechin City at Gayfield before they make the long trip to Stranraer on Tuesday evening.
The following week they also have to face high flying Alloa Athletic twice in the space of four days with a Saturday game at Recreation Park and a home match against the Wasps just days later.
And with a total of four players leaving during the transfer window, including the shock departure of Paul Currie to Bonnyrigg Rose this week, the boss is predicting a tough couple of weeks.
He told HeraldSport: “We’re facing a run of games now starting on Saturday and it is going to start getting demanding.
“But it is better to be playing games like this than just training.
“Obviously we have to make the trip to Stranraer, which won’t be easy, but we have to take care of Brechin tomorrow first.
“The squad has changed a lot over the past few weeks as more have left than have come in.
“And we could have suspensions coming up but I’m confident we will have enough to get us through the run in.
“Paul Currie has now left the club after signing a contract with Bonnyrigg Rose. He said he was unhappy at being left out of the squad, so he had asked to move on as he thought it would be better for him.
“Also David Banjo has gone out on loan to Kinnoull to get some game time.
“I think he has a lot of potential and to fulfil that he needs some games under his belt.”
Mr Sheerin is hopeful that for tomorrow’s encounter with the Glebe Park men, the throat bug that has affected several of his players will have lifted and he will have a full squad to chose from.
The visitors have been in cold storage for the past five weeks due to the weather but the boss doesn’t think this will make it any easier.
He explained: “I’m sure they will have organised a few friendlies in that time although nothing compares to playing competitive football.
“But for them a derby will be a good one to come back on given that there should be a decent atmosphere and good crowd.
“Hopefully we can capitalise on the fact they haven’t played in five weeks and get the three points.
“It was important to get them last weekend at Albion Rovers and we gave a good performance so hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.”